Madison chef shares ‘Taco Tuesday’ recipes

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MADISON (WKOW) — If you’re looking to spice up your latest taco creation, look no further.

Joel Olson from Hemmachef in Madison stopped by the studio Tuesday with some ideas. (Listed below.)

Olson also talked about the importance of learning how to cook at a young age.

“It’s a life skill that they’re learning,” he said. “There’s a reward of eating what they made.”

Olson offers cooking classes for people of all ages, including children.

 

HOMEMADE TACO SAUCE:
2 cups tomato sauce

½ teaspoon chili powder

2 teaspoons cumin

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon garlic powder

½ teaspoon paprika

¼ teaspoon cayenne

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon brown sugar

Method:  Combine everything in a jar.  Cover and shake well.  Use as desired.

MOJITO PORK TACOS:
½ cup packed light brown sugar

1 tablespoon minced mint leaves

1 teaspoon salt

¼ cup lime juice

¼ cup light rum

1 cup water

1 pound pork tenderloin, trimmed and cut into thin slices

1 tablespoon olive oil

Flour or corn tortillas

Spinach

Lime Cream, (recipe follows)

Method:  Combine all of the ingredients except the olive oil in a bowl. Let sit for 30-60 minutes. Drain the marinade and dry off the pork a bit so that it is not dripping wet. Heat the oil in a skillet to hot and cook the pork stirring a bit until done. Place some pork and spinach in a tortilla and add a dollop of lime cream.

LIME CREAM:
½ cup heavy whipping cream

¼ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon lime zest

1 teaspoon lime juice

1 teaspoon sugar

Method:  Whisk the cream to firm peaks. Fold in the remaining ingredients. Chill.

GRILLED ZUCCHINI TACOS:
1 pound zucchini, cut into long slabs

1 tablespoon olive oil

Salt and pepper

2 scallions, trimmed

½ cup chopped tomatoes

¾ cup grated Swiss cheese

Corn or flour tortillas

Lime Cream (recipe above)

Method: Rub or brush the oil on the zucchini and scallions. Season with salt and pepper. Grill or sauté the vegetables until lightly charred and hot throughout. Dice and place in tortillas with other ingredients as desired.

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